Honolulu CC recognized as Best of the Best two years in a row

Honolulu Community College
Billie K T Lueder, (808) 845-9187
Communications & External Affairs, Office of the Chancellor, Honolulu CC
Posted: Jun 25, 2012

Honolulu CC takes top honors two years in a row.
Honolulu CC takes top honors two years in a row.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser published their Hawai‘i’s Best, People’s Choice Award tabloid in the Sunday, June 24 edition. Honolulu Community College was selected as the Best Vocational School in the annual popularity poll for two years in a row.
“On behalf of Honolulu Community College, we’d like to thank the public for this distinction. It is with great pride and responsibility that we continue to provide high level, quality instruction through our diverse career and technical programs and our growing high quality liberal arts curriculum that is articulated with the University of Hawaiʻi System and other four-year institutions,” says Michael T. Rota, chancellor of Honolulu Community College.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser readers were asked to vote for their favorite in 107 categories. Readers had to choose a name to write in as their favorite; multiple-choice options were not provided. Each ballot needed 25 categories filled in to be deemed valid.  These votes were calculated electronically to determine who won–no duplications were allowed, one vote per person, which was also tracked electronically.  The Sunday edition of the Star-Advertiser has a readership of 391,000 households.
“Honolulu Community College is recognized by the public for its service to the community for over 90 years by educating our state’s work force–vital to the future economic and social success of Hawaiʻi and its people. We began as a vocational school but have since evolved to be a viable choice among individuals as a comprehensive institution of higher learning for close to 50 years now,” Rota shares.
Throughout the college’s long history, it has gone through multiple name changes. In 1920, the school opened its doors as the Territorial Trade School in Kapālama. Later, it was reestablished as Honolulu Vocational School. Then in 1955, it was renamed Honolulu Technical School. In 1965, it became a part of the University of Hawai‘i System, and in 1966 the UH Board of Regents approved the name Honolulu Community College, authorized to grant associate in arts and associate in science degrees.
Today, with over 4,600 credit students and nearly 2,000 apprentice students, the college offers 49 degree and certificate programs. The main campus of Honolulu Community College is a short distance from the heart of downtown Honolulu, occupying more than 20 acres on Dillingham Boulevard. The college also has instructional facilities near Honolulu International Airport for its Aeronautics Maintenance program; automotive and heavy equipment shops on Kōkea Street; at the Kalaeloa Airport for its commercial aviation program; and their Marine Education Training Center at Sand Island.